TAMIU Professor Depicts Myth and Reality in SA Art Exhibit
Janet Eager Krueger, Texas A&M International University associate
professor of art, is a representational artist, meaning what she paints
is identifiable, a representation of the world around us.
In her work, a truck is clearly a truck, and scenes depict moments if
not real, then at least plausible. But in her exhibit "Nuevo Mythology:
Contemporary Parables from South Texas," at the Hunt Gallery in San
Antonio through Saturday, August 7, Krueger invites the viewer to peer
beneath the painting's surface to the underlying mystery and symbolism
of everyday moments.
"My definition of 'everyday life' comes from the dictionary of
Deep South Texas," explained Krueger, "Life on the border is
a merging of extremes: a strange brew of rural and urban, the very rich
and the very poor. The hybrid vigor resulting from these contradictions
is the starting point of my imagery."
Her current show takes these moments and uses them to explore the mythology
of the modern. In Atalanta As A Child, (photo)
a girl no more than seven holds the collar of her hunting dog in one hand,
an archer's bow in the other, while the carcass of a boar bleeds behind
her on the pick up truck bed. Not a rare sight during hunting season in
South Texas, until one notices the golden crown on the self-assured redhead.
Krueger explains Atalanta is a figure from Greek mythology who wounded
the giant Calydonian boar, besting other famous warriors such as Jason
of the Golden Fleece.
"It is a 'prequel'," said Krueger, "the young huntress
in her formative period, sanguine and at ease with violent death."
Other paintings emulate 16th Century Flemish master Pieter Bruegel,
who used his paintings to depict everyday events while including mythological
and allegorical images, including references to Flemish proverbs.
"The significance of some of these proverbs is now lost, but the
images still manage to convey a sense of their instructive intent. If
one looks closely, life has something to teach us. That a narrative exists
in my work is evident, but the meaning of the narrative is less than transparent,
much as the meaning in many of Bruegel's paintings is opaque," said
An artist's reception will be held at the Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Thursday, July 8. For more information about the show, please contact
the Hunt Gallery at 210.822.6527, or visit 4225 McCullough Ave, San Antonio.
For more information about Krueger or art at TAMIU, please contact the
College of Arts and Sciences at 326.2460 or visit offices in the Sue and
Radcliffe Killam Library, room 429. University office hours are 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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